By Mary Marvin, Mayor of Bronxville
Sept. 8, 2021: I was working on a fall column last week to share all that transpired at Village Hall and on Village streets over the summer, but mother nature so abruptly intervened and caused so many of our friends and neighbors much loss and heartache so the flood and its aftermath will be center stage.
The following are all avenues we are pursuing as a Village as well as ways individual homeowners can receive necessary guidance and hopefully recompense.
-For immediate needs, The American Red Cross and the United Way’s 211 call center is a dependable resource. For housing assistance, reach out to Westchester County Department of Social Services. In an emergency case, call 914-995-2099.
This information is particularly directed to our neighbors on Parkway Road, Bolton Gardens and areas of Kensington Road.
-FEMA - The fastest way to apply for assistance is through DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362 or through the special FEMA app.
Note: FEMA assistance cannot aid losses already covered by insurance. FEMA disaster recovery centers are in the process of being established as an alternative to applying by phone. We will share this information as soon as we receive locations.
-If you are a resident still without power, our Village Building Inspector Paul Taft has likely been or will be in contact with you with guidance as to the steps you need to take to get power safely restored. As example, Con Edison will not restore power if there was even damage to their meter box.
-The Village will be waiving all permit fees associated with not only getting power restored but any flood damage. If you have documented information from a third-party electrical inspection service and Con Ed has not responded, you can call the building department directly at 337-7350.
-The Village will continue to collect all debris curbside. It may take some time given our staffing but crews are working extended hours and weekends. There will be no interruption to general garbage and recycling services.
-Senator Gillibrand has reached out to the Village and we are working with her office to see if there are avenues of aid yet unexplored.
-As to the Bronxville School, school families got a very informative letter from Superintendent Roy Montesano but for those of us not having school-age children, there was some damage to the school as both the amount of water and the inches over time even surpassed both Irene and Sandy in intensity in what is called the Midland Valley Drainage Basin. The School had 24/7 staffers on hand during the entire event even though the pumps do go on automatically as an added precaution. The pumps worked with precision and at capacity starting at 8:03PM on Wednesday with all five running for extended hours and some even running to late afternoon on Thursday.
-Those in Village government have also been on all the calls related to Westchester County emergency services and possible assistance and we will update you with any news.
-Prior to this event, we had watched the drainage pattern over the summer and had already reached out to the County Stormwater Advisory Board via the County Planning Department seeking money for engineering studies as to ways to ameliorate the problem particularly in the river corridor. We are actually on their September meeting agenda.
-Many of you have asked me about dredging the Bronx River as some of our more long-term residents remember this happening in decades past. I have reached out to the County and awaiting a response as to the engineering opinions on this subject.
-If I have not covered any information you might need, do not hesitate to call Village Hall at 914-337-6500 as we are all here to help you. In addition, reach out to me on my personal cell phone 914-564-2207 for any concern.
Quite frankly walking neighborhoods, you would guess there were situations that were devastating and frankly heartbreaking but also the amount of neighbors helping neighbors was quite simply extraordinary. Folks who were not affected were bringing cases of water to their neighbors, dropping off food, offering to help clean or just introducing themselves with an offer of friendship and concern. And the way so many residents handled this incredible adversity was nothing short of heroic. One family had moved in only two days prior to IDA, essentially lost everything but mentioned on the bright side that they had met every single neighbor in record time and felt so welcomed and embraced by the community. There truly was grace under pressure - Hemingway’s definition of courage.
Pictured: water gushed like a river down Prescott avenue. Photo by Staff
Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.
While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.
Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.
The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.
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